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9786071611673, titled "Política y perspectiva / Politics and Perspective: Continuidad E Innovación En El Pensamiento Político Occidental / Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought" | Expanded edition (Fondo De Cultura Economica USA, December 31, 2012), cover price $47.95 | About this edition: Brand New.

Democracy is struggling in America--by now this statement is almost cliché. But what if the country is no longer a democracy at all? In Democracy Incorporated, Sheldon Wolin considers the unthinkable: has America unwittingly morphed into a new and strange kind of political hybrid, one where economic and state powers are conjoined and virtually unbridled? Can the nation check its descent into what the author terms "inverted totalitarianism"? Wolin portrays a country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive--and where elites are eager to keep them that way. At best the nation has become a "managed democracy" where the public is shepherded, not sovereign. At worst it is a place where corporate power no longer answers to state controls. Wolin makes clear that today's America is in no way morally or politically comparable to totalitarian states like Nazi Germany, yet he warns that unchecked economic power risks verging on total power and has its own unnerving pathologies. Wolin examines the myths and mythmaking that justify today's politics, the quest for an ever-expanding economy, and the perverse attractions of an endless war on terror. He argues passionately that democracy's best hope lies in citizens themselves learning anew to exercise power at the local level. Democracy Incorporated is one of the most worrying diagnoses of America's political ills to emerge in decades. It is sure to be a lightning rod for political debate for years to come. In a new preface, Wolin describes how the Obama administration, despite promises of change, has left the underlying dynamics of managed democracy intact.

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9780691135663, titled "Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism" | Princeton Univ Pr, April 7, 2008, cover price $29.95

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9780691145891, titled "Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism" | 1 edition (Princeton Univ Pr, February 21, 2010), cover price $19.95 | About this edition: Democracy is struggling in America--by now this statement is almost cliché.

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9781400828685, titled "Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism" | Princeton Univ Pr, February 21, 2010, cover price $19.95

This is a significantly expanded edition of one of the greatest works of modern political theory. Sheldon Wolin's Politics and Vision inspired and instructed two generations of political theorists after its appearance in 1960. This new edition retains intact the original ten chapters about political thinkers from Plato to Mill, and adds seven chapters about theorists from Marx and Nietzsche to Rawls and the postmodernists. The new chapters, which show how thinkers have grappled with the immense possibilities and dangers of modern power, are themselves a major theoretical statement. They culminate in Wolin's remarkable argument that the United States has invented a new political form, "inverted totalitarianism," in which economic rather than political power is dangerously dominant. In this new edition, the book that helped to define political theory in the late twentieth century should energize, enlighten, and provoke generations of scholars to come. Wolin originally wrote Politics and Vision to challenge the idea that political analysis should consist simply of the neutral observation of objective reality. He argues that political thinkers must also rely on creative vision. Wolin shows that great theorists have been driven to shape politics to some vision of the Good that lies outside the existing political order. As he tells it, the history of theory is thus, in part, the story of changing assumptions about the Good. In the new chapters, Wolin displays all the energy and flair, the command of detail and of grand historical developments, that he brought to this story forty years ago. This is a work of immense talent and intense thought, an intellectual achievement that will endure.

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9780691119779, titled "Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought" | Expanded edition (Princeton Univ Pr, May 1, 2004), cover price $75.00 | About this edition: This is a significantly expanded edition of one of the greatest works of modern political theory.
9780316951258 | Little Brown & Co, June 1, 1960, cover price $16.95 | About this edition: This is a significantly expanded edition of one of the greatest works of modern political theory.

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9780691126272, titled "Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought" | Expanded edition (Princeton Univ Pr, January 9, 2006), cover price $46.00 | About this edition: This is a significantly expanded edition of one of the greatest works of modern political theory.

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9781400826100, titled "Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought" | Princeton Univ Pr, September 2, 2008, cover price $29.95

Alexis de Tocqueville may be the most influential political thinker in American history. He also led an unusually active and ambitious career in French politics. In this magisterial book, one of America's most important contemporary theorists draws on decades of research and thought to present the first work that fully connects Tocqueville's political and theoretical lives. In doing so, Sheldon Wolin presents sweeping new interpretations of Tocqueville's major works and of his place in intellectual history. As he traces the origins and impact of Tocqueville's ideas, Wolin also offers a profound commentary on the general trajectory of Western political life over the past two hundred years. Wolin proceeds by examining Tocqueville's key writings in light of his experiences in the troubled world of French politics. He portrays Democracy in America, for example, as a theory of discovery that emerged from Tocqueville's contrasting experiences of America and of France's constitutional monarchy. He shows us how Tocqueville used Recollections to reexamine his political commitments in light of the revolutions of 1848 and the threat of socialism. He portrays The Old Regime and the French Revolution as a work of theoretical history designed to throw light on the Bonapartist despotism he saw around him. Throughout, Wolin highlights the tensions between Tocqueville's ideas and his activities as a politician, arguing that--despite his limited political success--Tocqueville was ''perhaps the last influential theorist who can be said to have truly cared about political life.'' In the course of the book, Wolin also shows that Tocqueville struggled with many of the forces that constrain politics today, including the relentless advance of capitalism, of science and technology, and of state bureaucracy. He concludes that Tocqueville's insights and anxieties about the impotence of politics in a ''postaristocratic'' era speak directly to the challenges of our own ''postdemocratic'' age. A monumental new study of Tocqueville, this is also a rich and provocative work about the past, the present, and the future of democratic life in America and abroad.

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9780691074368 | Princeton Univ Pr, September 1, 2001, cover price $65.00 | About this edition: Alexis de Tocqueville may be the most influential political thinker in American history.

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9780691114545 | Princeton Univ Pr, January 6, 2003, cover price $58.00 | About this edition: Alexis de Tocqueville may be the most influential political thinker in American history.

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9781400824793 | Princeton Univ Pr, September 2, 2008, cover price $42.00

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9780801838033 | Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, September 1, 1989, cover price $40.00

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9780801841163, titled "The Presence of the Past: Essays on the State and the Constitution" | Reprint edition (Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, October 1, 1990), cover price $22.95 | About this edition: Book by Wolin, Sheldon

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